Gareth Bale: Every player wants to be playing Champions League football

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has given his clearest hint yet that he could leave in the summer, if the north London club fail to qualify for the Champions League this year.

In a recent talkSPORT interview, speaking after the Premier League side's 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at White Hart Lane, the 23-year-old insisted that despite constant speculation about his future, he is fully focused on doing his utmost to help Spurs to a top-four finish.

Bale has been in scintillating form for Spurs this season, and Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that his performances are likely to attract attention from some of Europe's biggest clubs.

However, the Portuguese boss is confident that as long as Tottenham can qualify for the Champions League this year, then they will have no trouble keeping hold of Bale's signature.

The Welsh winger has spoken of his desire to constantly test himself at the highest level, and hopes to do that with Spurs. However, his limited opportunities on the international scene will make it even more important to achieve that at club level.

Asked if he wanted to be playing in the Champions League in a Spurs shirt, Bale replied: "Yeah, that's our target for the season so we're going to aim for that and see what happens.

"Papers talk. People talk but all I'm concentrating on is putting 100 per cent in on the pitch for me and my team. At the end of the season we want to get Champions League football and every player wants to be playing in the Champions League."

Tottenham return to Europa League action tonight, when they take on Lyon at White Hart Lane in the first leg of their last-32 clash.

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